Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q3. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1018753//4
Respondent Natural England [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Jan 2019
Comment

While we are pleased that the implications of development at Nailsea and Backwell on internationally protected habitats and floodplain areas have been recognised as key issues, further evidence will be needed to identify and protect key bat habitats and landscape features and to inform measures needed to improve and protect water quality.

We are aware that bat habitat mapping is being undertaken by the Council for the SDLs, which is welcome, however this is not sufficient in itself to determine the use of the site by bats, which can be highly variable throughout the year. We recommend that bat activity surveys are commissioned at the earliest opportunity to identify key foraging areas and commuting routes and to inform the design and mitigation measures from the outset.

Summary
Implications of development at Nailsea and Backwell on internationally protected habitats and floodplain areas have been recognised as key issues, but further evidence will be needed to identify and protect key bat habitats and landscape features and to inform measures needed to improve and protect water quality.
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